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charles h.

charles h.

Joined on 07/29/06

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Most Favorable Review

Just awesome

AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: FINALLY a creative chipset soundcard that can translate game surround to digital out!! Newest driver from Auzentech website has Dolby Digital Live enabled. Works better than I expected, FEAR and COD4 are incredible through my theater system, full digital stream, surround works perfectly.

Cons: Cost.

Overall Review: Creative should have enabled this in it's hardware LONG ago. Auzentech: You rock! Creative mode switcher that I'm used to is great for the HTPC so I can have separate gaming/ theater settings. For the fist time, my HTPC is more fun to game on than my gaming machine!

Most Critical Review

low quality, not for travel, needed mods

PPA 2520 Aluminum 3.5" SATA SATA External Enclosure
PPA 2520 Aluminum 3.5" SATA SATA External Enclosure

Pros: Cosmetically nice enclosure. Works fine once modified.

Cons: Cheaply built. Required modification to allow SATA cable to make contact at the rear port. Feels very fragile, I would not trust this enclosure to last if you're going to move it around alot.

Overall Review: Other reviews have said that the external plug doesn't work. I bought 2 of these, both had problems making a connection until I dremeled the plastic cover around the SATA port. The problem is, the cover blocks the connector from fully seating. Once it was reamed out, they work fine. These enclosures look great in the box, but as soon as you take them out and apart you'll realize how cheaply built they are.

Works well for extra space

Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDAT120GB-DX
Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDAT120GB-DX

Pros: Performs as expected, never any issues. Works great as an OS drive for my Gigabyte Z77 board's mSATA slot.

Cons: Does not perform as well as a regular SSD.

Overall Review: I bought an ATX board that has a built-on mSATA slot. I think this is a cool way to have the OS drive "on-board". It's performance is not on par with a dive like an M4 or Vertex 3 however, so there is the rub.

Barely gets the job done

KINGWIN DP-1 DisplayPort to VGA Adapter/Active
KINGWIN DP-1 DisplayPort to VGA Adapter/Active

Pros: Black, works as long as nothing touches it.

Cons: Relatively expensive. If it is touched or moved the least bit, it loses connection and then you have to play with it to get your monitor back on.

Overall Review: I have no other brand or replacement to compare to, are they all this touchy? As long as you'll never move your PC, and nothing will ever even slightly touch it, it will work.

HOT

Thermaltake Element Qi w 200W PSU Black SGCC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 220W Power Supply
Thermaltake Element Qi w 200W PSU Black SGCC Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 220W Power Supply

Pros: Small, decent looking case for a low-power build.

Cons: HOT! Horrible air circulation with PSU mounted directly above CPU. No accessory fan mounts, so you have no options to improve airflow.

Overall Review: I put a simple dual-core Llano (FM1) build in this case using the integrated GPU. Just with media center tasks, the top of the case gets very, very hot and the stock fan howls at full speed. I would not buy another one.

Great mouse, irritating software

Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse

Pros: Great for my large hand, performs perfectly in FPS games, like the DeathAdder 3.5G I had before it.

Cons: #1, on-the-fly sensitivity isn't instant like the 3.5G was. #2, and more important: Forcing users to create an account and log in to use the software? Make all the excuses you want Razer, this is SHAMEFUL and ridiculous. I can't tell you how irritating it is to me that I'm forced to create an account to use hardware I paid for. There is absolutely NO GOOD REASON this software needs to be online with an account.

Overall Review: Honestly if another brand makes a mouse I like as much as the DeathAdder, I will switch. That's how insulted I am by the Synapse 2.0 software. I hope this isn't a trend that is picked up by other companies. There is enough invasion of privacy and monitoring of people through software already, now your hardware wants to keep track of you??